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Queen Mathilde Marks Universal Children’s Day

  November 20, 2013 at 10:43 pm by

The Queen of the Belgians today attended events in Brussels to mark the Universal Children’s Day. Queen Mathilde began her day by attending a roundtable meeting organised by UNICEF Belgium, of which she is patron. Wearing a simple deep purple dress matched with a grey overcoat, the Queen delivered a speech in which she spoke of need for quality education for all children worldwide. “Despite much progress, 57 million children … Continue reading

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Belgian Introductory Visit To The Netherlands

  November 10, 2013 at 5:32 am by

On Friday November 8th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium made an introductory visit to King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima of the Netherlands. King Philippe and Queen Mathilde were received by the King and the Queen of the Netherlands at the Noordeinde Palace. The King and Queen of Belgium were accompanied by the Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo and the Foreign Minister Didier Reynders. After an audience at the Royal Palace, … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde Visit Bruges and Brussels

  November 8, 2013 at 8:35 am by

On Friday October 25, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Bruges in the Province of West-Flanders. The Royal Couple arrived at 11 o’clock and were welcomed at the Provincial Court by the Provincial Governor, Carl Decaluwe and the Mayor of Bruges, Renaat Landuyt. After the welcoming speech of the Governor, the King and the Queen received gifts and signed the Golden Book. Later King Philippe and Queen Mathilde attended a working lunch … Continue reading

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Princess Elisabeth, Duchess of Brabant Turns 12

  October 26, 2013 at 2:19 am by

Princess Elisabeth of Belgium, Duchess of Brabant turned 12 years old on October 25th. The future Queen of the Belgians is the eldest child of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians. The Princess was born at the Hôpital Erasme in Anderlecht, Brussels in 2001 and her full name is Élisabeth Thérèse Marie Hélène. Princess Elisabeth was baptised on December 9th, 2001 at the Royal Chapel of the Ciergnon Castle … Continue reading

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King Philippe And Queen Mathilde Continue Joyeuse Entree’s

  October 25, 2013 at 2:18 am by

On Wednesday October 16th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Gent in the Province of East-Flanders. The Royal couple arrived in the morning and where welcomed in the Provincial Government building by the Governor of the Province Jan Briers and the Mayor of Gent Daniel Termont. After signing the Guest Book, the King and Queen visited the Saint Bavo Cathedral where they had a chance to check on the works of … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Liege

  October 13, 2013 at 4:51 am by

On Friday October 11th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Liege. The Royal Couple, who arrived in Liege at 11 o’clock, were received at the Provincial Palace by the Liege Governor Michel Foret and the and Mayor Willy Demeyer. After signing the Guest Book, the King and the Queen had a meeting with a delegation of workers of ArcelorMittal and the Walloon Minister of Economy Jean-Claude Marcourt. The the Royal Couple … Continue reading

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Princess Luisa Maria Turns Eighteen

  October 11, 2013 at 11:54 pm by

October 11th, 2013 Princess Luisa Maria of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este celebrated her 18th birthday on October 11th. The Princess, who is currently ninth in line to the Belgian throne, is the fourth child of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este. Princess Luisa Maria was born at the Clinique Saint Jean, Brussels in Belgium in 1995. Most recently the Princess attended the July abdication ceremony of … Continue reading

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Indian President Visits Belgium

  October 9, 2013 at 11:05 pm by

The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee, has made an official visit to Belgium between October 2nd and 5th. This is the first official visit made by a President of India to Belgium. It follows the state visit made by King Albert and Queen Paola to India last year. The President was welcomed at Military Airport Melsbroek at Brussels by King Philippe. It was described as a rare gesture of His … Continue reading

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Belgian King and Queen Continue Province Visits

  October 5, 2013 at 4:42 am by

On Friday September 27th in the afternoon, the King and the Queen visited Antwerp, the Capital of the Antwerp Province. The Royal Couple were welcomed at the museum MAS (Museum aan de Stroom) by the Mayor of Antwerp Bart De Wever and the Governor of the Province Cathy Berx. After signing the Golden Book, the King and the Queen received a photo of Prince Baudouin taken in 1935 when he was … Continue reading

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Prince Emmanuel Turns Eight

  October 4, 2013 at 3:36 am by

Prince Emmanuel of Belgium turns eight years old on October 4th. The Prince is the second son of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde of the Belgians, and is also currently third in the line of succession to the Belgian throne. He was born in 2005 at the Erasmus Hospital in Anderlecht. His full name is Emmanuel Léopold Guillaume François Marie and the Prince was baptised on December 10th, 2005 at … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Hasselt

  September 26, 2013 at 11:02 pm by

On Tuesday September 24th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Hasselt in the Province of Limbourg. The Royal Couple arrived at 11 o’clock and were welcomed by Governor Herman Reynders in the Provincial House where they signed the Golden Book. After being presented to deputies, mayors and 120 invited guests, the King and the Queen met a delegation of Ford workers who are losing their job following the closure of the … Continue reading

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Queen Mathilde in New York

  September 25, 2013 at 11:13 pm by

Last week, Queen Mathilde was in New York to attend the United Nations Global Compact Leaders Summit, “Architects for a Better World”. On September 18th, the Queen participated in a side event co-hosted by UNICEF and Global Compact Belgium with the theme ‘Children’s rights are everyone’s business’. “I am delighted to see that my country, Belgium, is a frontrunner in mobilising the business community on children’s rights”, she said in her … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Mons

  September 19, 2013 at 9:56 pm by

On Tuesday September 17th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde visited Mons in the Province of Hainaut. Arriving in Mons at 11:00, the Royal Couple were welcomed at the Provincial Palace by the Mayor of Mons, Elio Di Rupo, the Governor of the Province of Hainaut, Tommy Leclercq and the Walloon Minister-President Rudy Demotte. At the Town Hall, the King and the Queen signed the Golden Book of the Province and … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde in Wavre

  September 13, 2013 at 1:32 am by

King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on Tuesday September 10th visited Wavre in the Province of Walonian-Brabant. At the arrival in Wavre, the Royal Couple were welcomed in the Town Hall by the Mayor Charles Michel and the Governor Marie-José Laloy. After signing the guestbook, the King and the Queen went to the streets of Wavre to take a walk and be greeted by the people. During the walk the Royal … Continue reading

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Queen Paola of Belgium Turns 76

  September 12, 2013 at 12:20 pm by

Queen Paola of Belgium turns 76 years old on September 11. Queen Paola is the wife of King Albert II of Belgium, who recently abdicated in favour of their eldest son, Philipe. Born Donna Paola Margherita Maria Antonia Consiglia Ruffo di Calabria in Italy in 1937, she is the youngest daughter of the Italian noble Prince & Princess Ruffo di Calabria. In 1958, she met the future King of Belgium … Continue reading

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King Philippe and Queen Mathilde’s Visits to the Provinces

  September 8, 2013 at 6:55 am by

On Friday September 6th, King Philippe and Queen Mathilde started their visits to the Provinces in Leuven, Province of Flemish-Brabant Having arrived in the morning, the Royal Couple were greeted by Governor Lodewijk De Witte and Mayor Louis Tobback at the Town Hall, where an official reception took place and where they met authorities of welfare, culture, business and sports. Then the King and the Queen went for a walk … Continue reading

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Princess Maria Laura of Belgium Turns 25

  August 26, 2013 at 3:37 am by

Princess Maria Laura of Belgium, Archduchess of Austria-Este turned 25 years old on August 26. The Princess, who is the eldest daughter of Princess Astrid of Belgium and Prince Lorenz, Archduke of Austria-Este, was born in Woluwe-St-Lambert, Belgium in 1988. Currently, Princess Maria Laura of Belgium is seventh in line to the Belgian throne. The Princess has attended many royal events, including the recent abdication ceremony of her grandfather, King … Continue reading

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Prince Gabriel of Belgium Turns 10

  August 20, 2013 at 10:35 pm by

Prince Gabriel of Belgium turns 10 years old on August 20th. The Prince is the eldest son and second child of King Philipe and Queen Mathilde of Belgium. Prince Gabriel was born at Anderlecht, near the Belgian capital Brussels, and has an older sister, Princess Elisabeth. Currently second in line to the Belgian throne, the Prince was baptised in October 2003 at the chapel of the royal château de Ciergnon … Continue reading

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Belgian King Takes Son to Hockey Championships

  August 18, 2013 at 2:43 am by

The Red Panthers and the Red Lions (the Belgian national hockey teams) had a royal cheer squad for their first pool matches in the EuroHockey Nations Championships yesterday, as King Philippe and his elder son Gabriel attended both the women’s and men’s games. King Philippe and Prince Gabriel meet with the Panthers (the female team) before their match, after listening to the team sing an acapella version of the Belgian … Continue reading

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Belgian Royal Family Attend Anniversary Mass for King Baudouin

  August 2, 2013 at 5:09 am by

Members of the Belgian Royal Family attended an anniversary mass at the Cathedral of St Michael and St Gudula in Brussels on July 31st. The mass marked the 20th year since the death of the beloved King Baudouin in 1993. Attending the mass were King Philippe, Queen Mathilde, King Albert, Queen Paola, Queen Fabiola, Princess Astrid, Prince Lorenz, and Prince Laurent and his wife, Princess Claire. Following the mass, members … Continue reading

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